2009 Vauxhall Insignia SE 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Very up market, classy, comfortable car
The first problem I found was getting used to the electronic parking brake. I just could not get it to release first time by the described method in the hand book. The hill assist and starting from a stationary road junction worked perfect, At first I put it down to my inability to getting the sequence right when starting the engine for the first time.
The cruise control would not engage. The light on the dash shows up, but the engine just falls away when you release the accelerator pedal. No amount of twiddling of the RES+ or SET- controls on the steering wheel makes any difference.
These problems may be linked, I am waiting to find out from the dealer.
The car is a dream to drive, good visibility, and very smooth ride.
Steering is light and positive.
Excellent design in the cabin. Everything is easy to see and reach.
The climate controls are very clearly marked and easy to operate.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd October, 2010
9th Sep 2012, 06:24
I get a hire car every couple of weeks, and they sometimes drop off a 1.8. I've never driven anything with less power than these cars; rubbish. The diesel Insignia's on the other hand are far far better, and the performance is really good.
Keep away from the petrol ones!
16th Nov 2012, 18:31
I agree, but unfortunately found out the hard way. We looked at petrol vs diesel, and went for petrol due to our last diesel having faults that were expensive to repair. So simple petrol it was. After 1 week, the car was traded back in and a diesel one was bought. Lost a lot of money, but couldn't look at the car and feel happy at all. It was powerless, and the MPG was really shocking. The diesel was more expensive, but by far the better car. My advice is pay for the diesel Insignia; it may cost more, but in the long run the petrol will bleed you dry.
23rd Nov 2012, 07:31
Well guess what? The new 1.4 turbo hasn't solved the problem. It is just as bad as the 1.8, although it has lower CO2 emissions, which means cheaper VED.
And to think that 15 years ago the 140 BHP Vectra 2.0 offered the ideal combination of performance and economy, but ever since manufacturers started their relentless pursuit to achieve the highly coveted 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating, cars have gotten so heavy that 140 BHP is not enough any more.
I'm all for cars getting safer, but manufacturers should focus on weight reduction as well.